Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

  1. Opening statement from Senior Management

 

Sigma GRP Limited (‘Sigma’) and its subsidiaries are committed to preventing acts of modern slavery and human trafficking from occurring within its business and supply chain, and imposes the same high standards on its suppliers.  We will build on what we are doing year on year, act on the issue and our planned actions to investigate or collaborate with others to effect change.

 

  1. Structure of the Organisation

 

Sigma GRP Limited and its subsidiaries is a leading third party retail solutions provider, enabling our customers to maximise investment in their commercial space. The Company has a global annual turnover over £50m. The Sigma consists of storage and distribution, fixtures management, project management, fixtures supply, construction and fit out services predominantly to the UK and Australia retail sectors.

In order to manage over 500k square feet of warehousing and operating with a 3PL Partner, we work with a range of suppliers providing agency labour and/or professional contract services.

 

  1. Policies

As part of our commitment to combating modern slavery, we have implemented an Anti-Slavery Policy, together with supporting documents dealing with risk assessments and supplier audits.

We also make sure our suppliers are aware of our policies, and adhere to the same high standards. These policies have been developed and agreed by the Sigma Group Board.

 

  1. Policies and Procedures

As part of our efforts to monitor and reduce the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring within our supply chains, we have adopted the following policies and procedures.

  • Set the tone from the top through a Board level communication reinforcing the organisation’s zero tolerance towards modern
  • Adopting a modern slavery policy and supplier code of conduct, and/or modifying existing policies and
  • Undertaking a risk assessment of existing supplier
  • Reviewing procurement policies and procedures to ensure that they are capable of responding to any issues identified in the risk
  • Updating standard contracts to ensure that suppliers are required to comply with the policy and/or code of conduct and the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
  • Ensuring that whistleblowing policies cover modern slavery
  • Modern Slavery is referenced within our Corporate Social Responsibility Policy and is accessible to all our employees.
  • Implementing a targeted training programme to ensure that those responsible for procurement or managing supply chains are aware of the issues.

 

  1. Risk and Compliance

Sigma regularly evaluates the nature and extent of its exposure to the risk of modern slavery occurring in its supply chain by the risk management activities carried out and/or procedures in place.

We do not consider that we operate in high risk sectors or locations and Sigma complies with all legislative and professional standards.

Where we have identified a potential risk, these risks can be investigated, remediated and mitigated through activities such as due diligence, improved procurement practices and industry collaboration.

We aim to ensure all our suppliers adhere to our Anti-Slavery Policy. We enforce a strict code of compliance and do not tolerate slavery and human trafficking within our supply chains. For example, if we find evidence of a failure to comply with our policy we will immediately seek to terminate our relationship with the relevant supplier.

 

  1. Effectiveness and KPIs

Sigma uses relevant management information to measure how successful we have been in ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chains.

 

  1. Training

We continue to invest in educating our staff to recognise the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chains. Through our training programmes, employees are encouraged to identify and report any potential breaches of the organisation’s Anti—Slavery Policy. Employees are taught the benefits of stringent measures to tackle slavery and human trafficking, as well as the consequences of failing to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from our business and supply chains.

 

  1. Further actions and sign-off

Following our review of actions this year to prevent slavery or human trafficking from occurring in our business or supply chains, we intend to continue to review and take further necessary steps to tackle slavery and human trafficking.

 

This statement is made in accordance with section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Sigma GRP Limited and human trafficking statement for the year ending December 2018.

 

 

As approved on behalf of the Board of Directors.

 

 

Craig Bennett

Group Managing Director

 

Sigma GRP Limited

 

Date:  10th October 2018